Plein Air Painting
Plein air painting is a technique in which artists create their artworks outdoors, in the open air, rather than working in a studio. The term “en plein air” is French for “in the open air,” and it gained popularity in the late 19th century with the rise of the Impressionist movement.read more
Aaron Schuerr: Artist Spotlight
Aaron Schuerr approaches painting like a sportsman. He lives full-time in Livingston, Montana, located in southwestern Montana, on the Yellowstone River. He travels around the world finding the most inspiring locations to paint. An avid climber and hiker, he finds himself in some challenging locations with some inspiring views.
In June, 2023 Aaron returns to the Monterey Peninsula to lead another exciting painting workshop. We spoke to Aaron to find out more about his work. Below is the entire interview so you can find out more about him…read more
Dave Santillanes: Artist Spotlight
Kapalua Bay, by Dave Santillanes Lanai Emerges, by Dave Santillanes El Matador State Beach, by Dave Santillanes Dave Santillanes is an award-winning artist who will be in Carmel, CA leading a workshop June 2–4, 2023. More about that at https://www.carmelvisualarts.com/dave-santillanes/ — In preparation for his upcoming plein air workshop, we wanted to ask him to share a few thoughts about his work. Q: How would you define your style or approach to your artwork? D.S. I would say it’s a blend of realism and impressionism. Realism in this...read more
Artist Spotlight: Calvin Liang
June 2022 Artist Spotlight — Calvin Liang Calvin Liang is joining Carmel Visual Arts to lead a plein air painting workshop along the Monterey Peninsula Oct 12–14, 2022 (Wed–Fri). He talked about his process with our Director, Rich Brimer. Read the highlights below. Calvin Liang became fascinated by the beautiful California landscape and transformed himself into a fine artist, painting themes of his choosing. Now his well-known sailboats crashing through waves, to rocky California coastline, to Spanish missions of centuries past, Calvin...read more
We are Back! Creating Art Experiences
In May/June 2021, we had our first round of in-person workshops and it was so good to be back in Carmel with everyone. Below are some great photos that I made from some of these workshops.read more
Artist Spotlight: David Lobenberg — Watercolor Portrait Artist
Carmel Visual Arts: David, we are excited to welcome you back for another California Vibe Watercolor Portraiture™ workshop with Carmel Visual Arts. This time we will be exploring embellishing these vibrant portraits with fun and experimental techniques you will be showing us. Since we were not able to host a workshop with you in 2020, we are excited to catch up with you in this new Q&A format. We have a few questions that have come up for you. Here we go… Your style of work, “Happy Vibe” portraits is...read more
Let’s Get Together Again!
The Monterey County coast is for sure one of the most beautiful coasts in the world. It has always been a huge inspiration for artists of all kinds. As Carmel Visual Arts wades through the ramifications of the past year’s global pandemic, we look forward to continuing our presence with the upcoming workshops along the coast and into Carmel Valley. I have always been a supporter of collaboration. There are so many artists and art organizations in the Monterey Bay area that have also been struggling. We have been in discussions with some...read more
Artist Spotlight: Photographer Alan Ross
There are only a few spots left for the upcoming Alan Ross photography Workshop 2021. We are excited to host Alan for his fifth return to Carmel. Recently, Carol Henry, photography director at Carmel Visual Arts asked Alan a few questions. You may be interested in reading what he has to say. We also hope you can join us for this legendary photographer’s return. Ocean Sunglint Big Sur, ©Alan Ross Rocks and Mist ©Alan Ross Redwood Grove, Old Coast Road ©Alan Ross Double Tree ©Alan Ross Rock Formation, Pt. Lobos ©Alan Ross Erosion Big Sur ©Alan...read more
Artist Spotlight: Huihan Liu — Outdoor Figurative Painting
Huihan Liu returns to Carmel Visual Arts May 16–18, 2021 to lead his upcoming workshop Outdoor Figurative Painting. Huihan Liu is a master oil painter and generous instructor. His atmospheric narrative figure work has brought him accolades around the world. Born in Guangzhou, China, he trained from 1972 to 1975 at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art. In 1989, Huihan graduated with a Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Academy of Art College of San Francisco. According to him, his strongest influences during his studies...read more
Artist Spotlight: Mike Hernandez — Digital Painting Expert
Mike Hernandez brings us our first digital painting workshop designed to help artists of all mediums. We have had a number of people inquire about having one, so here is your chance to learn from one of the best instructors I know to teach such a class. Mike Hernandez has over 20 years at DreamWorks Animation, creating environments for digitally produced feature films such as Sinbad, Spirit, Over The Hedge, Shrek 4, Puss In Boots, Bee Movie, Monsters Vs Aliens, and Turbo. Mike returns to lead this workshop after instructing two previous...read more
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